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peltast

/ (ˈpɛltæst) /
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noun
(in ancient Greece) a lightly armed foot soldier
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Word Origin for peltast

C17: from Latin peltasta, from Greek peltastēs soldier equipped with a pelta, a small leather shield
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How to use peltast in a sentence

  • The critic is no hero: he is at best but a skipping peltast, engaged as often as not in inglorious flight.

    Essays|Arthur Christopher Benson
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